Detroit, Mich. - Michigan State dropped its third straight game and fell to 1-4 against Michigan on the year as the Spartans fell, 5-2, to the Wolverines at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday afternoon. MSU falls to 7-18-3 overall, and is 5-14-1-0 in conference play.
MSU got goals from Chris Forfar and Greg Wolfe in the contest, while freshman Jake Hildebrand turned away 40 shots. The game featured a special teams exhibition for both squads, as the teams combined for 32 penalty minutes. Each team scored shorthanded, while
The teams traded early power play opportunities, but it was Michigan which used it to its best advantage, jumping on the board at 16:52. The Wolverines had killed off a Lee Moffie slashing call just 16 seconds into the contest, and got a man advantage when Tanner Sorenson was whistled for tripping. Just 10 seconds into the man advantage, Luke Moffatt beat Hildebrand at the left post for his fourth goal of the season.
At 10:34, Derek DeBlois made it a 2-0 game with a shorthanded marker. He rushed up the right side and fired it from just above the left circle for his second goal in as many nights.
Chris Forfar cut into the lead with an impressive shorthanded effort at 4:59 in the second period. Forfar stripped the puck at the right point, streaked up the ice with a defender a half-step behind, and beat Rutledge five-hole for his third goal of the season.
The Wolverines countered, pushing their lead to 3-1 at 7:37. Andrew Copp got the goal from Andrew Sinelli and Mike Chiasson.
Spartan captain Greg Wolfe scored a goal at 18:21 to cut the UM lead to 3-2. A loose puck trickled in front of Rutledge, and Wolfe's sprint and a diving swipe pushed the puck past the goalie's blocker hand. The Wolverines pushed the lead back to two goals as DeBlois scored his second of the game with 16.3 seconds remaining in the period.
The Wolverines iced the game with a marker from Cristoval Nieves at 9:20 in the third period.
MSU was outshot by a 45-28 margin. MSU was 0-for-5 on the power play, while UM was 1-for-5.
The Spartans will host Bowling Green in a home-and-home series next weekend.